We got our Invisible Fence over 15 years and several dogs ago.
When it was first installed the dealer did the initial training
of the dogs so that we wouldn't be seen as the bad guys.
The important thing to recognize is that it's really a training
aid to help the dogs learn and remember where the boundary is
located. Also, when they do get out -- as sometimes happens
when in high speed pursuit of that rabbit or squirrel -- they
have an equally hard time getting back. So you need to be able
to go to them and be the rescuer.
Thanks for the comment. The product I am thinking of is
we works by applying a corrective when (and while) the dog is out of
rang of a transmitter i.e. all the time the dog is "outside" the
fence. It does seem like initial training is going to be important.
I have a Parson Russell Terror, I mean Terrier. The invisible fence with the
proper training works great. I love it and it was worth every dime. I think
you can buy and install the systems yourself , but I think the training is
vital for the thing to work properly and I'm sure there are books that
explain how to do it.
Instead of a dedicated wireless fence I would look into dog collars w/
You can train them at a distance, let him chase to intruder down the
road and then call him off!
Hunting dogs are trained with just the collar. Check Bass Pro Shop ,
Cabalas ( see Dog Supplies )
The wireless fence is only as good as the owner. What I mean is, if
YOU don't keep fresh batteries in the collar, or keep the unit turned
on, it is useless. Even a chain link fence is not 100% reliable. Shit
happens and dogs get out.
Whenever I see a dog get loose, I blame the owner, not the fencing or
Brother-in-law's Jack Russell runs through his- then when he gets
hungry he whines at the outside of the fence. The motivation to
return is not strong enough to get shocked again.
I'd go for a real fence or trolley. And if the dog is a runner I"d
look into GPS for him. I looked at them a couple years ago & they
were real expensive- but there was a cell-phone one where you could
not only see where your dog was online- you could tell him to "Go
home" remotely. [and listen in to what was going on, too]
I don't think this is the one I saw- but it is one of the
cell-phones-for-dogs out there;
Every few weeks around here the police report a pitbull getting into
someone's fenced yard and killing their dog. Even in the good
Of course, the pitbull owners swear up and down that their dog is harmless,
but reality paints a much different picture.
I have an English Shepherd and I have the radio controlled style of
invisible fence. It doesn't have an underground wire. It uses radio
waves to send a signal over the air to the collars receiver. I would
recommend it 100%. The other thing that is nice with this system is
it's portable enough to take anywhere. It's great if you go camping
because you can take it with you and set it up anywhere. It's
adjustable to go from about a 10 foot radius up to about a 90 foot
radius. It's about $300 or a bit less compared to $200 or a bit less
for the buried wire kind. The only time my dog has ever gone thru it
is when the battery went dead. That was my fault cause the low battery
light was on for a few days before and I hadn't made the time to get a
new one. They only zap when the dog gets out of range of the
transmitter and continue to do so until the dog gets back. That
eliminates the run through that some dogs learn with the underground
wire kind. Beleive me the dogs learn fast with this style. I just
thought of one other time he went through it. He was following me on
the tractor and couldn't hear the warning beeps. I felt bad for him
when he started yelping. I never even thought of it as he was
I know Home Depot and Tractor supply sell them. I would imagine that
Walmart does too.
This is the kind I'm thinking about. I like the idea of it being
portable. When you go camping I'm guessing that you don't need the
flags that are used for the initial training, and that after the
initial training the audio warning is sufficient.
I guess I'll take the other road and state that I hate them with
a passion. I've always found it far easier (and far cheaper) to teach a
decent recall to my dogs. The biggest gripe I have about invisible fences
is they don't do a thing to keep other critters out which would make my
I guess I can understand them more when people live in places
like the suburbs, with restrictions against certain types of
fences but living rurally I never have understood why people get them.
I can put up a real fence for less than half the price
and keep things out as well as keep my dogs in.
Good points Terri. Perhaps I should elaborate.
We live in a rural area also. Our dogs are outside pets that do not
come into the house. The dogs are free-ranging. The only fences we
have are barbed wire and we are not interested in putting up any kind
of fences just for the dogs. Mostly, the dogs stay on the property,
but sometimes the female beagle (she's a bad dog) will run off at
night to go down the road to check out the neighbors. Since this is a
rural area, lots of dogs run free. However, this one particular
neighbor has some indoor yappy dogs that get to yapping when our dog
visits outside. This understandably annoys the neighbor so I would
like to try to keep the bad dog from running off at night.
Of course the best solution would be for the neighbor to pellet my
dog. He would only have to do it once or twice and the problem would
be solved. However, his eye sight is not very good and he doesn't want
to try it, so I'm looking to alternatives.
This "wireless" fence thing looks like it would be effective, but it's
getting too expensive. I'll probably just train her to accept a chain
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